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[ring-teyld] /ˈrɪŋˌteɪld/
having the tail ringed with alternating colors, as a raccoon.
having a coiled tail.
Also, ringtail.
Origin of ring-tailed
First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I guess ol' Dan's the idee, if you can drive him; he's a ring-tailed snorter.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • “‘The ring-tailed Smasher,’” roared the captain, seizing the poker.

    Freaks on the Fells R.M. Ballantyne
  • Her father and her mother were the grasshopper and the ring-tailed cat.

  • They are not, however, ring-tailed, though the tip of the tail is generally white.

  • "That appeals ter me as a ring-tailed roarer of a good idee," announced Buck Bradley, when he had finished.

  • That lopsided, ring-tailed snorter of a hawss-thief is gathering his wolves for a hike back to the tall timber.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • ring-tailed cats live in the stone walls, crevices and rocky ledges, around corn fields and pasture lands.

  • I think Tom must have made a new record for himself in the running high jump when he broke away from his ring-tailed antagonist.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • This was the great country of the frogs—the milk-and-honey country to the ring-tailed family in the hollow gum.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • In this way we produce such admirable propositions as "A ring-tailed baboon is not a constitutional assembly."

    Instigations Ezra Pound
British Dictionary definitions for ring-tailed


(of an animal) having a tail marked with rings of a distinctive colour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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